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Expand Article # 2640 A Blessing In a Disguise?
Q. Does Rav Miller shlita permit walking outside on Shabbos (for fresh air - where there is no eruv) wearing the customary mask that is being worn in these covid days? Is there any tzad to be machmir? (An opinion to be stringent, because of the ca ....


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Expand Article # 2639 Whether Permitting...
Q. Re- prior question 2638 on the conditions Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit'a permits a front porch or backyard minyan.
1) is this a chiyuv, or only a heter, to participate in such minyanim?
2) how should non-compliance with conditions be ....


Posted 4/20/2020 5:18 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2638 Rule and Divide
Q. I heard that Horav Miller Shlit'a changed yesterday (4/19/20) his ruling in regard to minyonim in the backyard, is it true? What is the new ruling?

A. As mentioned in the last question, Covid's sole true constancy is its abil ....


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Expand Article # 2637 Where Were We?
Q.  Referring to the response of the Rov above - (2630), Is this response for Toronto or somewhere else? (Lakewood?) .

A.  The related questions 2610, 2624, 2629 and 2630, were all asked by, and are referring to a minyan in Toronto. How ....


Posted 4/20/2020 4:24 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2636 Passover Forever?
Q. An elderly couple, has difficulty in removing all the Pesach utensils and packing them in boxes, as well as returning the chometz dishes and other needed equipment. The help they need will only be with them this Monday. Can they extend their Pe ....


Posted 4/19/2020 6:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2635 Face The Music Again
Q. May one listen to music during sefira to avoid depression due to the current (covid) matzav?

A. The tradition not to listen to music during Sefira days has become widely accepted in our days, and according to Poskim it includes even ....


Posted 4/19/2020 4:47 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (2)


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Expand Article # 2634 Home Away From Home?
Q. Re- question 2617 regarding a frum physician working in a hospital that has also Jewish patients during the first or even the second seder as to how to make kiddush etc.. There was mention that the doctor was going to travel back home by Uber lat ....


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Expand Article # 2633 Forgotten But Not Forgiven
Q. On Sunday the second day of Chol Hamoed Pesach, we took out the car from the garage and sadly discovered that there was a bag of leftover chametz crackers and cookies, destined to be thrown out to the garbage on Erev Pesach, that somehow fell off ....


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Expand Article # 2632 Drop A Line?
Q. If I have to text or send emails during Chol Hamoed should I add a few words such as "kedushas Yom Tov", to make a change and establish the holiness of these days?

A. Remah (O.H. 545:) rules that one may be lenient on ordinary writin ....


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Expand Article # 2631 This Is News To Me
Q. On Chol Hamoed, should one avoid reading the news, especially about who died, due to the mitzvah of vesamachta b'hagecha? If so, why are the Frum Jewish news sites still posting on Chol Hamoed? Is one obligated to refrain from reading, or is it ....


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Expand Article # 2630 Covid's True Constancy = Change
Q. My backyard adjoins other neighbours who wish to make a minyan across backyard fences in the way described as permitted by the Rov. Do I (and the other adult male members of my household) have an obligation to join such a minyan? Without the 3 ....


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Expand Article # 2629 So Far and Yet So Near
Q. Re- questions 2610 and 2624 regarding a group of five neighbors that share different sides and corners of their back yards, with one standing in the middle, that want to organize a minyan during these critical covid times. Since each family has on ....


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Expand Article # 2628 No Place Like Home
Q. My father became ill and tested positive to the corona virus. However, since his case is until now B'H mild, his doctors were not convinced that his best option is to be hospitalized. Since he lives in a way off place, the hospital available to h ....


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Expand Article # 2627 Glory In Non Glorious Days
Q. In our critical times, (Pesach 2020), when we are all davening at home without a minyan, do we say hallel the first and second night of Pesach after maariv?

A. Shulchan Aruch (487: 4) quotes two opinions whether we recite hallel after ....


Posted 4/13/2020 4:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2626 Touch Base
Q. Can one return from the curb the garbage bins that were collected during Yom Tov? (this is important since in streets where non frum or Gentile neighbors dwell, they are bothered by the apparent disregard of the frum people to the cleanliness and ....


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Expand Article # 2625 Differences of Opinion
Q. Recently we have heard different viewpoints from our Gedolim and Rabbonim regarding the Heavenly reasons for these difficult covid times. What is Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is tha ....


Posted 4/12/2020 3:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2624 Way Out Entry
Q. I heard that the Rov permitted a minyan in a backyard in his neighborhood (during the current pandemic), could that be correct?

A. On question 2610 regarding a group of five neighbors that share different sides and corners of their ....


Posted 4/12/2020 3:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #2623 Mind Your Language
Q. As in this critical mageifa (pandemic) days we all daven at home, if someone is used to add his own private prayers for his needs during shemoneesre in English, can he still do so when he davens without a minyan?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O. ....


Posted 4/8/2020 5:43 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2622 Don't Have an Alcohol Problem
Q. Can one use during Pesach this year the sanitizers that contain alcohol, that could be chometz?

A. Alcohol-based versions of the commercially available sanitizers typically contain some combination of isopropyl alcohol, ethanol (eth ....


Posted 4/8/2020 1:29 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2621 If you Can't Burn Them, Join Them
Q. I heard that Horav Miller Shlit'a ruled that if you are burning little pieces of chometz that may not contain each separate one the full size of a kezais as required, you should place all those small pieces in a container that will be metzaref (j ....


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